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Chick Corea
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Corea performing in 2019
Background information
Birth name Armando Anthony Corea
Born (1941-06-12)June 12, 1941
Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died February 9, 2021(2021-02-09) (aged 79)
Tampa Bay, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • composer
  • bandleader
Instruments
Years active 1962–2021
Labels
Associated acts
  • Miles Davis
  • Circle
  • Return to Forever
  • Chick Corea Elektric Band
  • Chick Corea's Akoustic Band
  • Five Peace Band
  • Gary Burton
  • Hiromi Uehara

Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea (June 12, 1941 – February 9, 2021) was a famous American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer.

He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts and learned to play drums and piano with his father. His career began in 1962 and he moved to New York City where he went to music schools and played with famous jazz musisicans such as Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis. In 1972 he started his own jazz band called Return to Forever, where he played electric piano. In the 1980s he formed one band called the Acoustic Band and one called the Electric Band. He also had small trios and bigger bands. One of his recents bands was called "Spanish Heart Band" and had 8 members.

All together he made around 80 records and won 23 Grammy Awards. Some of his best known jazz compositions were called "Spain", "500 Miles High", "Fiesta", "Armando's Rhumba" and "Windows".

Corea died from cancer at his home in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida on February 9, 2021, at age 79.

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